April is coming!

A note about Sjögren’s Syndrome Awareness Month from the CEO of the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation:

April is Sjögren’s Syndrome Awareness Month and each year the Foundation chooses a theme and focus for our national awareness campaign. This year, our theme is Research – Our Hope for the Future.

The awareness campaign is simple: we are asking each member of the Foundation to consider mailing informational letters we provide you to six of your friends and/or family members. By doing this, you will be helping to increase knowledge about Sjögren’s syndrome, as well as helping the Foundation to make Sjögren’s syndrome a household name.

If you are already a member of the Foundation, then in April you will receive a Research – Our Hope for the Future kit in the mail. This kit will contain six letters for you to send to family and friends that will educate them on Sjögren’s syndrome, and focus on Sjögren’s syndrome research. It will also ask the recipient to consider making a gift to the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation. But remember, whether or not they give a gift, the most important part is that we are educating people on Sjögren’s syndrome.

What is unique about this year’s awareness campaign is that it is focusing on research and the need for more funding. With this in mind, and as a way to recognize your efforts in helping us, we are awarding one of you a 2009 Student Research Fellowship named in your honor! (i.e. “The Mary Smith 2009 Student Fellowship”)

All you have to do is mail all six letters and then send us the Summary Report letting us know that you helped to increase awareness, and you will have a chance at winning a grant named in your honor. Detailed information and instructions for entry will be included in the awareness kit you will receive in early April.

If you have any questions about our campaign please do not hesitate to contact the Foundation office at 800- 475-6473. All members of the SSF should receive their kit in the mail. If you have not received your kit by the beginning of April, or if you are not a member but would like to help raise awareness, contact the Foundation office.

Good luck and remember that it is critical all of us help spread the word about Sjögren’s syndrome. Together, we will make Sjögren’s a household name!


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Steven Taylor
Chief Executive Officer